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Reuters gets hacked twice in 48 hours

Hackers access the news agency's Twitter page to post pro-Syrian government tweets
Mon Aug 06 2012, 12:07

THOMSON REUTERS suffered its second security breach in two days on Sunday when hackers accessed its Twitter page to post pro-Syrian government tweets to its 17,500 followers.

The news agency revealed this morning that its technology news focused twitter page @ReutersTECH was breached and changed to @ReutersME to tweet controversial updates.

Tweets included:

@ReutersME: FOX news asks, #Americans left wondering: Is #AlQaeda An Enemy Or Not?

@ReutersME: Obama signs executive order banning any further investigation of 9/11.

@ReutersME: FSA high ranking officer Gen. Mustafa Al-Sheikh dies during clashes in Anadan, Aleppo

The account has now been suspended while the hacking "is currently under investigation", a spokesman said.

"In the latest incident a series of 22 false tweets were sent purporting to be from Reuters News," the agency said in a statement on Sunday.

"Some of the tweets also carried false reports about Syrian rebel losses suffered in battles with Syrian government forces," Reuters claimed.

The incident follows news on Friday that hackers gained access to Reuters' blogging platform, posting false stories, including an interview with a Syrian rebel leader posted on a Reuters' journalist's blog.

Reuters said no further information regarding the hack has been uncovered yet. We are awaiting a response from Twitter regarding the security breach. µ


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